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TheConstantMoaner Thu 02-Aug-18 19:57:57

So came on holiday five days ago. Soon as I got here. Agonising headaches begin. Nothing has relieved it yet. I’ve tried ibuprofen ,paracetamol, herbal stuff , antihistamines. I feel like crying. My head feels heavy and I keep wanting to sleep constantly. Really weak too like I have wobbly legs. I have pain when I touch my scalp and just so much pressure I feel like my head will burst open. I’m going back home tomorrow but it’s a long drive ( 9 hours sad). Any other advice on what I could try?
I have been to pharmacy but they were no help. Only suggested ibuprofen.
Tia

CocoaGin70 Thu 02-Aug-18 20:00:29

I wouldn't drive for 9 hours feeling like that OP.

Can you get yourself checked before hand?

Redteapot67 Thu 02-Aug-18 20:03:14

Go to the dr!

TheConstantMoaner Thu 02-Aug-18 20:03:30

Oh sorry. I should have mentioned I’m not driving. My dh is. But it still feels like a mission. I can’t keep my head up more then 5 minuets. Also have 3 dc with us. sad. I’m already freaking out.

duckyfuzzz Thu 02-Aug-18 20:05:44

I'm a chronic headacher. My neurologist told me this to identify when to seek urgent help::

Did the headache "strike", was it a sudden blinding onset?

Are your eyes red and watery?

Any numbness?

Is your speech slurred?

Is your vision compromised?

Blueeyes3179 Thu 02-Aug-18 20:07:23

I went to the doctors yesterday for exactly the same thing. It's scary as well as bloody painful. I thought my head was going to explode with the pressure.
I've got to have my bloods done on Tuesday, but he gave me some anti inflammatory pills to take, as he thinks it's stress related.
I've taken 3 so far. One last night and two today (two a day)
They have worked wonders so far! They are called Naproxen 500g
I hope this helps. Feel better soon x

TheConstantMoaner Thu 02-Aug-18 20:08:31

Oh wow. Can I buy them otc? Ibuprofen isn’t touching it. It is very scary.

Frusso Thu 02-Aug-18 20:24:35

Does it go and come back or is it constant?

Do you wake up with it? Namely does it wake you up, or you wake up and then it starts?

Could it be a migraine?

Caffeine withdrawal?

Blueeyes3179 Thu 02-Aug-18 20:25:49

I'm not sure if you can get them over the counter. But try and get to a chemist and speak to someone there.
Hopefully they can give you something like what I have. And will ease the pain until you get to your doctor back home x

TheConstantMoaner Thu 02-Aug-18 20:32:48

It’s there constantly. I definitely wake up with it. I’ve never had a migraine so not sure. I was thinking about caffeine withdrawal too. I have lots at home. Non since I got here hmm. I’m literally banging my head on the walls. Kids think I’ve gone mad.

converseandjeans Thu 02-Aug-18 20:38:20

Co codamol

duckyfuzzz Thu 02-Aug-18 20:38:23

So you wake with it in the morning but sleep through the night?

Caffeine withdrawal I think. BUT though you'll be tempted to get back to it, it'll only offer a quick fix and you'll be stuck in the cycle of

Withdrawal - take caffeine - cause headache - withdrawal - caffeine - headache.

I know it's torturous but itll stop when your body's adapted.

(Disclaimer: 6months no caffeine for me as it was a trigger).

InfiniteCurve Thu 02-Aug-18 20:44:18

You need to get medical advice.Non stop headache for 5 days,severe pain,sleepiness - none of that sounds like regular but annoying headache,and it's not the same situation as someone with chronic headache.
I'm not a doctor but this sounds as if you need to speak to one,not just to randoms on the Internet,however inconvenient it is to do that it'll be more inconvenient if you leave something that needs treatment.
Hope you feel better soon.

TheConstantMoaner Thu 02-Aug-18 20:45:01

That’s really interesting. I had no idea withdrawals would be so bad. I’ll see if I can get CO codamol tomorrow and ride this out till I get home. What a horrible feeling though.
Thank you guys for all the replies. Means a lot. I’m a major panicker.

TheConstantMoaner Thu 02-Aug-18 20:46:40

InfiniteCurve I will definitely speak to a doc. Soon as I get home. Thank you.

Talkativeparrot Thu 02-Aug-18 21:32:58

Long shot but where have you been staying? There wouldn't be a risk of a carbon monoxide leak or anything, would there?

Redteapot67 Thu 02-Aug-18 21:34:46

Oh good suggestion parrot!

Redteapot67 Thu 02-Aug-18 21:35:51

I was wondering if you were pregnant!

TheConstantMoaner Thu 02-Aug-18 21:49:32

We’re in a cabin in Scotland. It has a manoxide alarm.
But we’re quiet high up in the hills. My ears popped when we got here. Not
Sure if that will affect it ?
Definitely not pregnant shock. Just finished period today.

aimees75 Thu 02-Aug-18 22:19:23

That sounds very much like caffeine withdrawal. They are nasty. If you usually drink lots and dont get headaches, then come away, have no caffeine and immediately get a prolonged headache that wont go, yes. Caffeine withdrawal headaches are persistent and dont really go with painkillers. As well as all the fatigue, wobbly legs etc. Its a very addictive substance. I would have a small coffee. Whwn you get back, give up gradually if thats what you want to do.

TheConstantMoaner Thu 02-Aug-18 22:25:51

I just nipped out a bought coffee and had a small cup. I just couldn’t take it anymore. Tbh. It’s not totally gone but I swear it’s sort of eased up a tiny bit. I’m a huge coffee drinker ( several a day and they’re espressos blush). I knew not having any this week may effect me. But had no idea I could get like this.
I need to give this shit up.

aimees75 Thu 02-Aug-18 22:36:49

Yep, brutal. I gave up recently in 3 days with no headaches. Day 1: one cup, day 2: half a cup, day 3: half or quarter.
Have fallen off the coffee wagon but will try again soon.

Filzma Thu 02-Aug-18 22:37:54

OP not to worry you further but don't take it lightly. Had a similar onset of headaches that wouldn't subside. Turns out I had a sub dural haemorrhage.

TheConstantMoaner Thu 02-Aug-18 22:41:00

Filzma what’s that ? shock.

Filzma Thu 02-Aug-18 22:43:02

Bleeding in the brain. Don't be alarmed but it is a possibility.

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